Aura Interior Paint: Our Experience & Review
If you want an exceptional interior house paint offering outstanding performance in nearly every way, Benjamin Moore Aura is almost insurmountable. If you read nothing else within this article, consider when we say, “there is no other interior paint like Aura.”
Yes, this is a bold statement. And our evaluation of BM Aura doesn’t guarantee that it’s the interior paint you should purchase. Although, there are several reasons this premium paint is an overachiever. But there are also a few minor drawbacks to consider that we will cover later.
Yet, far and wide, most agree, Benjamin Moore’s Aura paint line is the best premium interior paint due to its unmatched performance and innovation.
The Benefit of Our Aura Interior Paint Review
The benefit of our paint reviews is not merely technical. The real benefit is that we have years of experience using the products and offer honest real-world feedback that guarantees the elimination of miss leading self-interests and sales pitches.
We reveal why you may want to purchase this interior paint and shed light on a few reasons this paint may not be the best fit for your project.
With that being said, let’s get into how Aura performs.
Benjamin Moore “Color Lock Technology”
Aura interior utilizes Benjamin Moore’s groundbreaking “Color Lock Technology,” promising a longer-lasting color with limited fading or color rub-off.
Benjamin Moore developed their GENEX® paint technology in 2006 as a leading innovator in the industry. When BM diploid GENEX® technology, they were also one of the first to introduce a zero-VOC waterborne tinting system, exceeding even the strictest environmental standards.
By removing several volatile organic compounds from their solvents, resins, and tinting system, these environmentally-friendly improvements result in a lower carbon footprint and minimize indoor air pollution. Benjamin Moore created a standard for other paint manufacturers to follow.
Additional performance enhancements as a result of the GENEX® innovation are improved anti-microbial and mildew resistant properties available in all finishes.
Even though Aura paints are VOC compliant in all regulated areas, Aura is not 100% emissions-free.
Specs & High-Performance Attributes
As we start to unveil the esoteric application details of Benjamin Moore Aura, we must first acknowledge a few underlining factors that attribute to Benjamin Moore Aura’s performance.
First, Benjamin Moore uses premium resins that they mine themselves. Control of raw materials may be why Benjamin Moore is much more generous with critical paint raw materials such as titanium dioxide, also known as white pigments.
Furthermore, Aura has a high amount of solids by volume. Containing 40% of quality solids, among other reasons, also explains why Aura interior offers a durable paint finish.
Benjamin Moore Aura Interior Application Review
It’s essential to understand that Aura is a high-end interior house paint made for full and rich applications offering no performance drawbacks. Aura is one of the best interior paints, and our review will explain why.
Having high solids makes Aura’s coverage exceptional and increases the thickness of the paint. Thicker paints alleviate unwanted paint spattering. Spattering is when the paint incidentally drips onto unwanted areas during application. While using Aura, interior painting applications are manageable with precision resulting in no excessive spattering. Paint applications are precise as intended, even while using a roller overhead for ceilings.
Although Aura offers a thicker viscosity, it spreads out nicely and lays flat without excessive stippling. Aura also hangs well when wet, which means no drips or runs during heavy applications. This performance enhancement enables various paint applications without the headache of checking for paint runs.
Although two coats are recommended, single coat coverage is nearly achievable in some instances, even while changing colors.
Uniform Appearance & Sheen
The appearance of Aura is where this product excels and is light years superior to leading brands. There is no haloing or hat banding associated with dark or vibrant colors while using Aura. There are also no visible lap marks from rollers or brush strokes. So, the cut-in is consistent with the rolled areas and offers a uniform sheen.
There are almost always drywall repairs from nail pops, and broken drywall seems when painting inside. Benjamin Aura does not flash, meaning it doesn’t show signs of an inconsistent sheen over drywall patches. It doesn’t matter whether your wall patches are primed with flat paint or a dedicated drywall primer; the shine will remain uniform.
Satin and eggshell finishes apply uniformly and with ease!
Quick Dry Time
Some painters complain about the lack of open time, meaning the paint dries too fast. In our experience, the quick dry time deems no adverse effects. In fact, we find quick drying advantageous in that it increases productivity and gets the space back in order quicker.
Simple clean-up requires only soap and water. When it comes to applications and clean-up, Aura offers the ease of use that we have seen by no other brand, and that’s no hyperbole.
Here is a short list of additional features.
- Aura offers unprecedented richness and color depth
- Applies more uniformly than other paints
- Dries to touch within an hour
- Has a 100% acrylic resin
- Aura resists abrasions and scuffing
There are no performance issues when it comes to Aura. It’s just that great!
Aura’s Popularity & Awards
When Benjamin Moore introduced Aura to the market, Popular Science Magazine featured it as a “Best New Product.” Among their finishes, their Matte and Eggshell are their top sellers, but there’s no wrong choice with this outstanding product.
As Benjamin Moore’s “Top Of The Line” premium paint, it’s still exceedingly popular, even at its higher price point.
Benjamin Moore Aura Coverage & Sheens
One gallon has a coverage of 350 to 400 square feet. Benjamin Moore’s Aura paint line is available in four finishes.
Both matte and eggshell are excellent options for interior walls, and satin and semi-gloss are perfect for doors and trim.
Benjamin Moore also offers an Aura Bath & Spa line of paint specifically formulated for high moisture areas.
Benjamin Moore’s Aura paint line is a premium product at a premium price. Just at roughly $70 each gallon, Aura is no cheap buy.
Aura is not intended for commercial use or for projects that don’t demand the absolute best! And for some DYI or more budget-friendly projects, Aura may be received as too expensive. But when you look at the big-picture, it requires fewer materials, coats, and labor.
If you have your home painted professionally, labor will always exceed the price of materials. So, if you want or need the best, Aura may not be as pricey as you think.
A less expensive paint will have lower volume solids resulting in reduced durability and performance. So, sure, Aura has a higher cost per gallon, but it will look amazing for a long-time, saving money in the long term.